Religion and the Arts

  • boy watching a graffiti artist in Cairo


    Artists and the Arab Uprisings

    Artists can play a positive role in shaping public debate and supporting democratic transition in the Middle East. This report explores challenges to artists after the Arab uprisings and how governments and nongovernmental actors can support them.

    May 28, 2013

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    The Diplomatic Power of Art

    Even as cultural property faces immediate peril today in conflict zones like Syria and Mali, there is anecdotal evidence that some nations are awakening to the diplomatic and foreign policy benefits that can flow from the repatriation of cultural patrimony.

    Nov 1, 2012

  • Politicized art in Egypt's Tahrir Square on February 9, 2011


    Barriers to the Broad Dissemination of Creative Works in the Arab World

    Many analysts have examined the media that violent extremists use to communicate their core messages. Far less research, however, has been devoted to the growing body of creative works produced by Arab authors and artists that counter the intellectual and ideological underpinnings of violent extremism.

    Sep 4, 2009

  • Commentary


    Danish Cartoons Doom Us All

    Like two years ago, last week's rage in Pakistan over reprints of cartoons and a forthcoming Dutch film that insult Islam's holy book once again entangles Muslims and the West in a fury over freedom of speech, writes Farhana Ali.

    Mar 21, 2008

  • Report


    Humor-auch fur Musliminnen die scharfste Waffe: [Humor in the Muslim World - the Cartoon Controversy and the Rest of the Story]

    Autocracy in the Middle East has bred a rich tradition of subversive political jokes; contrary to myths about Muslim oversensitivity, humor has long been expertly wielded by Muslim reformers and enjoyed from the Muslim club to the Muslim street.

    Aug 24, 2006